Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rastrojon - A New World Pompei?

This is a residential compound of a prominent ruler. It collapsed during the Maya classic period, as it was built over a cavern. The working theory is the Maya buried the structure rather than be reminded of its loss. This, ironically preserved the carvings and stones very well. The other historic sites throughout the kingdom were buried over time allowing weather to deteriorate the stones.  

One thousand year old stonework and carvings look as if they were just made

This site is a must see for Maya archeological students. The plaster is so well preserved they actually use this site to extrapolate construction methods and preservation techniques for other sites. 

The plaster on the top sides of these stones is at least 8 inches thick. In the old days, there was not a stone to be seen as plaster or dyes covered the masonry. Plaster production was a big industry in the Mayan Kingdom. They had to burn limestone to pulverize it, then mixed hardeners and aggregates to create plaster. This probably used vast tracks of forest to achieve and may have contributed to their demise when the mega drought hit them 600 years ago. 

Perfectly carved stone laying as they fell a thousand years ago. The archeologists are trying to piece back the site based on how the stones fell. The unique thing about this site is looters never hit this place, which gives the scientists an opportunity recreate the exact residence as it once was.    

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